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Ed Driscoll

Blue on Blue: Bill Maher Declares ‘MSNBC-Ya’

February 18th, 2014 - 4:40 pm

As Jon Gabriel notes at Ricochet: “The Venn diagram of Maher fans and MSNBC viewers can be drawn with one circle, so the comedian’s open letter is sure to grab the anti-Christie network’s attention:”

Whatever we had is not working any more. You’re obviously interested in another man: Chris Christie. You’re obsessed with him. So I wanted you to hear it from me first. I’m going to start seeing other news organizations. I’ll miss what we had. It was a rocket ship ride. We were both passionate flaming liberals and we didn’t care what the world thought of us. It was a glorious time. We finished each other’s Sarah Palin jokes. But now we never talk about any of the things we used to talk about: global warming, gun control, poverty… All because Chris Christie came along and put you under his spell.

Look at yourself. You’re turning into Fox News. Bridgegate has become your Benghazi, and this isn’t easy to say, but you and I are no longer on the same news cycle. Sure, you read me the results of a recent Gallup poll, but you never really ask me how I’m feeling. It’s not you, it’s… Chris Christie.

The problem isn’t the kneejerk 24/7 Christie-bashing — why would any Time-Warner-CNN-HBO employee complain about that? What really concerns Maher, as Gabriel adds, is that the NBC subsidiary’s “Bridgegate obsession is making the left look bad. If they’ve lost Maher, they’ve lost many of their other viewers. MSNBC will be eager to change their focus.”

So back to smearing half the country as racists on NBC’s “Jim Crow TV,” no doubt? (No doubt.) But it’s yet another reminder, as Ace noted at the end of last month when the Washington Post’s Eric Wemple called his fellow leftists at MSNBC out last month for its reflexive racism, MSNBC’s in-your-face primitive leftist id is once again making its fellow media leftists look bad.

But when you’re the network home of Al Sharpton, how do you dial the hatred back from the #11 knob?

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Being the most passive medium -- punch a couple of numbers on the remote and the channel's there -- TV invites programming to the lowest common denominator. The difference is back in Newton Minnow's day of his "Vast Wasteland" speech, with just three networks there was at least an expectation that any simplification from the live plays of the 1950s would at least draw in over a third of all TV viewers.

MSNBC's dumbing down is to attract maybe a hundredth of all the people watching TV on a given night. It's narrowcasting for an by people who can't get enough of obsessing on Republican problems, even when no new information about the problem has come out for a week or more and you're just getting your fix to feel good and numb the pain of having to deal with the other real-world events that aren't going your way.
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